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Chapter 8 MICRO HYDRO ENERGY RESOURCE

Table of Contents

Chapter8 MicroHydroEnergyResource------------------------------------------------------8-3

8.1 8.2 8.3

Introduction----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8-3 How is Hydro Electricity Generated? ------------------------------------------------- 8-4 Head and Flow Measurements -------------------------------------------------------- 8-8

8.3.1 Head Measure ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 8-8

8.3.2 Flow Measure----------------------------------------------------------------------8-10

8.4 Hydro System Components-----------------------------------------------------------8-12

8.4.1 Water Diversion (Intake) --------------------------------------------------------8-12

8.4.2 Pipeline (Penstock) ---------------------------------------------------------------8-13

8.4.3 Turbines ----------------------------------------------------------------------------8-14

8.4.4 Drive System-----------------------------------------------------------------------8-19

8.4.5 Generator --------------------------------------------------------------------------8-20

8.4.6 Controls ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8-21

8.5 Available Micro hydropower Technology --------------------------------------------8-23

8.5.1 Pelton Turbine---------------------------------------------------------------------8-23

8.5.2 Stream Engine Turbine-----------------------------------------------------------8-23

8.5.3 Water Baby Turbine --------------------------------------------------------------8-23

8.5.4 The LH-1000 Turbine-------------------------------------------------------------8-23

8.5.5 The Nautilus Turbine -------------------------------------------------------------8-23

8.6 Micro Hydropower Costs --------------------------------------------------------------8-23

8.7 Micro Hydropower Resource in Puerto Rico ---------------------------------------8-25

8.8 References ------------------------------------------------------------------------------8-34

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